A Guide To Golf’s Dialect
With the help of a few golf friends and the World Wide Web I created a list of golf terms, slang and jargon. Some were more obvious than others but I tried to put them all into perspective. It’s a golfing dictionary beginners:
General Golfing Terms:
- Approach Shot: any shot with the intent of making it from the fairway to the green
- Bite: ball lands with significant bounce
- Fore: yelled out to let other golfers know that a ball has been hit in their direction. A courtesy shout to warn players.
- Forgiveness: club design element that sends the ball straight and long even when the ball is mis-struck
- Fringe: the edge of the green
- Hacker: not very good golfer with a high handicap (aka me)
- Handicap: A system designed to put players on theoretically equal footing. The number describes the golfer’s playing ability
- Long Game: Part of your game that is played with full or substantial swings that cover a long distance.
- Mulligan: An option where a bad first hit off the tee can be replayed
- Scratch Golfer: Someone with a zero handicap (obviously me someday)
- Shank: hitting from the side of the club instead of the face which causes the ball to shoot sideways
- Short Game: part of your game that doesn’t consist of a full swing these include: chipping, pitching, bunker shots and putting.
- Slice: shot that curves from left to right
- Sweet Spot: The center mass of the club (the solid spot on the clubface). Designed to produce the straightest and longest trajectory when the ball is struck.
- 19th Hole: going to the bar after a round of golf
Score Keeping Jargon:
- Ace: hole in one
- Birdie: score one stroke less than par
- Bogey: score one stroke above par
- Eagle: score two under par
- Even: score that matches a par for a hole or round
- Par: Number of strokes it should take an expert golfer to finish on a given hole
Golf Course Terminology:
- Bunker: a depression in the ground usually filled with sad
- Caddie: person hired to carry clubs (must be nice)
- Rough: long grass on the side of the fairway
- Sandtrap: hollow in the ground on the course filled with sand
- Tee Time: Time you have scheduled to play golf on a course
- Tee Box: The area indicated to begin the hole